First Recollection of the Year – A Spiritual Feast for CATUC!
The Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC) Bamenda chose as theme for the current academic year: Bringing out the best in staff and students by cultivating scholarship and sainthood. It was therefore in a bid to cultivate sainthood in staff and students that the Chaplaincy organized the First Recollection for staff and students in the 2020/2021 academic year. The Chaplain, Rev. Fr Primus Tendongmo, worked hard to prepare for this very important spiritual activity which usually sets the tone for the academic year and focuses the energies of staff and students.
Wednesday 25 November 2020 was dedicated to the Recollection which started with separate reflections for staff and students. The reflection for students was directed by Rev. Fr Romaric Njuakom, Youth Chaplain for the Archdiocese of Bamenda while that for the staff was directed by Fr. Valentine Sahnyuy, Parochial Vicar of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Njimafor. After the reflections, the staff joined the students in the Aula Magna for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, Benediction and Holy Mass.
The reflections which were based on the Cure of the two blind men in Mark 20:29-34 exhorted staff and students to focus on bringing their needs to Christ, no matter the obstacles and what others around them think. By extension, staff and students were reminded that they came to CATUC as individuals and should not let the ‘crowd’ derail them or quench their thirst for Christ and for success in their studies, work and life.
Older students generally thought that this was one of the best recollections which they have attended in CATUC as most staff and students demonstrated a lot of maturity and seriousness. The students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (especially the Philosophy students) assisted the priests to direct the singing and prayers during the recollection.
We thank everyone for their active participation and we pray that each member of the community will reap the fruits of this first recollection, not just during this academic year but throughout all their lives.